Albania, Kuwait, Monaco, Nicaragua, and Ukraine join the line-up of distinguished countries involved in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride which this year.
The 2017 DGR on September 24 is expected to involve more than 600 cities, about 70,000 riders and 95 countries and raise an expected $US 5 million for cancer research, says spokesman Stephen Broholm.
“We’ll be seeing a bigger presence from Movember at marquee events including two of the founders riding in the LA and New York rides, as well as a contingent of Mo Bros and Mo Sistas assisting at many of the global events and providing information of the causes we support to our participants,” he says.
Last year the event raised more than $US3.5m for prostate cancer and men’s mental health issues through the Movember Foundation.
Stephen says funds raised for men’s mental health this year will double to 20% with the remainder for prostate cancer research.
Triumph Motorcycles and Zenith Watches are Global Partners, Hedon Helmets are a Global Prize Sponsor and there will be several other surprise 7 Day Sprint prize sponsors to be announced.
Registrations are now open for the 2017 event and early subscribers will receive a discount code for upcoming “dapper merchandise”. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Distinguished style guide
Some riders have expressed concern that they have been excluded from the DGR in past years because their bike does not fit in with the “dapper theme”.
“The theme has always been the same, as have the bike styles we believe are suitable for the event,” Stephen says.
“This includes bobbers, old school choppers, cafe’ racers, classics, modern classics, classic scooters, classic side cars, brat style, trackers and scrambler.
“he event is brand agnostic, but style specific to ensure that it maintains its unique character and personality.
“If we didn’t have the guidelines, it would simply be a group ride consisting of bikes you see during your daily commute.
“The message is strong, however many people still struggle with its point of difference.”
He says everyone is welcome to register to ride if they can source a suitably styled bike, are prepared to dress dapper and join the fundraising.
For those that don’t agree with theme of DGR they have the option of taking part and running their own charity events via Ride Sunday which is an open to all rider and bike styles.
Read more here about the inaugural Ride Sunday held this year.